Wesley Smith Jr North Carolina Death Row
On 15 October 2001, Wesley Smith Jr was indicted for first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Margaret Leighann Martin
he evidence at trial tended to show that defendant met the victim’s
boyfriend, Jason Wagner, while working as a painter at a construction
site. Defendant became acquainted with the victim, Margaret Leighann
Martin, during her visits to the construction site to see Wagner.
Defendant visited the couple at their home several times, occasionally
staying even when Wagner was not there.
On two separate occasions,
Martin expressed her discomfort about being around defendant. In the
summer of 2001, Martin told her mother that she had stopped visiting
Wagner at work because defendant “gave her the creeps.” On 8 September
2001, Martin told her mother that she intended to tell defendant to
stop visiting her home and to stop associating with Wagner.
September 2001, Wagner returned home early in the day to check on
Martin. Defendant’s van was parked in the driveway, and Wagner found
defendant and Martin sitting at opposite ends of the couch watching
television. Defendant asked Wagner if he had any work available.
Wagner replied in the negative and defendant left shortly thereafter.
following day, Wagner left for work at approximately eight o’clock in
the morning. He returned home in the evening to find the front door
open. Once inside, Wagner noticed a dining room chair was flipped
over, the dishwasher door was open, and there was blood in the kitchen.
Wagner ran to the bedroom, where he found Martin lying face down on the
floor beside the bed. Wagner checked for a pulse and discovered that
Martin was dead. She had been stabbed approximately sixty times in the
back, head, and chest areas. Additionally, her throat and neck were
cut in several places.
Defendant was first questioned by police on
17 September 2001. At that time, defendant denied any involvement in
the victim’s murder and consented to giving blood, hair, and fingernail
samples. That same day, the police searched defendant’s home and
property, finding a pair of shoes that were later determined to match
prints found in the victim’s home. After searching defendant’s
property, the police asked defendant to return to the sheriff’s
department for further questioning. Defendant confessed to Martin’s
murder during his second interview with police and gave a written
statement detailing the circumstances of the victim’s death. The basic
issue for the jury to determine at trial was whether defendant murdered
the victim with premeditation and deliberation.
Wesley Smith 2020 Information
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